Scrum Master (hybrid or remote)

Date Opened: May 13, 2022

Location: Belfast, GB

Company: Allstate Insurance Company

About Us

 

The world isn’t standing still, and neither is Allstate. We’re moving quickly, looking across our businesses and brands and taking bold steps to better serve customers’ evolving needs. That’s why now is an exciting time to join our team. You’ll have opportunities to take risks, challenge the status quo and shape the future for the greater good.

 

You’ll do all this in an environment of excellence and the highest ethical standards – a place where values such as integrity, inclusive diversity and accountability are paramount. We empower every employee to lead, drive change and give back where they work and live. Our people are our greatest strength, and we work as one team in service of our customers and communities.

 

Allstate operate a very flexible hybrid working policy that will allow you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager with a blend of remote and office working for NI based employees as well as condensed working patterns (4 day week/9 day fortnight). Employees based in GB will be employed on a permanent remote working contract.

 

Join our team and you’ll find challenge and reward in a culture of innovation, support and balance. 

 

 

Location

 

Belfast/ Derry-Londonderry/ Strabane/ Remote GB

 

Your role in the team

 

The successful candidate will be an experienced Scrum Master with a proven track record in successfully operating within the agile scrum environment.

 

As Scrum Master you will work closely with the Product Owner, developers, testers, and all relevant stakeholders to direct development in line with Allstate Agile Practices ensuring the principles, engineering practices and Scrum framework are implemented correctly.

 

In the role of Scrum Master, you will collaborate team(s) to ensure they are fully aware of the strategic context of their work (driven by the Product Owner), have clarity on the relevant strategic goals and broader program plans, and developing an innovative, creative environment to give the team space to focus on the task at hand.

 

Promoting Scrum/Agile Practices

 

  • Promote Scrum and Agile values, principles, and practices
  • Coach and mentor team to achieve higher level of maturity on Agile/Scrum as required
  • Continuous benchmarking with industry best practice

 

Organization/Planning

 

  • Support team to ensure they can deliver what is requested – remove impediments which may hinder the success of the team
  • Facilitate team ceremonies (retrospectives, reviews, refinement & sprint planning) and team involvement in PI Planning
  • Ensure Stories and Sprints adhere to standards and quality measures
  • Identify warning signs and act with a sense of urgency to resolve
  • Provide decisive responses to challenges and issues
  • Provide transparent planning, control and reporting through tooling

 

Stakeholder Management

 

  • Build and maintain strong relationship with product manager(s)
  • Develop a safe and open environment to instill confidence and trust within the team
  • Encourage involvement and commitment from all to help build an effective dynamic team
  • Provide guidance and support to resolve conflicts

 

So, what are the essential criteria to apply?

 

  • All candidates must evidence an existing right to work in the UK
  • A minimum of 3-5 years in a software development role or project/program management experience
  •  Proficient in use of Agile/Project Management tools, preferably Jira and Confluence
  • Experience of delivering projects in an Agile scrum environment

 

 

We also have some desirable criteria

 

  • Certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Experience in generating reports and/or dashboards from JIRA and Confluence
  • Experience in and passion for coaching, mentoring and guiding team members
  • Ability to instinctively adapt communication, persuasion and negotiation skills depending on your audience, which will include senior leadership level
  • Seek to promote business practice, and take an active role in reviewing and changing it for the better

 

 

 

What we offer

 

As Digital DNA’s Workplace of the Year 2020 & 2022 winners, we offer a generous benefits package that includes flexible annual leave entitlement, dental and healthcare insurance, an attractive pension package and discounts on gym memberships, public transport and parking.

 

Allstate invests heavily in your development, as an employee you will have access to multiple world-class learning platforms and courses from our award-winning in-house Learning & Development team.

 

We pride ourselves in providing clear career paths and opportunities for internal mobility allowing you to further develop within the organisation.

 

We encourage a better work life balance and you’ll have the opportunity to apply for various flexible working arrangements.

 

 

Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities

 

Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.

 

We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women. All appointments will be made on merit.

 

Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.

 

 

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 25th May 2022

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